Synopses & Reviews
A brilliant new thriller featuring Paddy Meehan, one of the most praised heroines since Temperance Brennan, from "a rising star in the world of crime fiction" (Laura Miller, Salon
Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder as a reporter she lives at crime scenes but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Patterson has been found hooded and shot through the head. Paddy knows she will be of little help she had not seen Terry in more than six months. So she is bewildered to learn that in his will he has left her his house and several suitcases full of notes. Drawn into a maze of secrets and lies, Paddy begins making connections to Terry's murder that no one else has seen, and soon finds herself trapped in the most important and dangerous story of her career.
"Set in 1990, Mina's superb third thriller to feature Paddy Meehan (after 2006's Edgar-finalist The Dead Hour) finds the Glaswegian journalist embroiled in the most politically charged and personal story of her career. When the corpse of Meehan's ex-lover, journalist Terry Hewitt, turns up in the countryside near Port Glasgow, everything points to an IRA execution. After Meehan discovers that Terry willed her his notes and a house in the country, she decides to investigate his murder. Distracted by the imminent parole of Callum Ogilvy the young cousin of her ex-fianc convicted for his role in a child's murder in Field of Blood (2005) Meehan soon realizes that everyone from the Scottish police to the IRA is intent on keeping the motive for Terry's death a secret. When Terry's colleague is killed and her own young son is threatened, Meehan knows she must uncover the men responsible before she becomes their next victim. This gripping read, with its intricate plotting and realistic regional dialogue, will leave even the most astute reader guessing until the end." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Scotland continues to produce a steady stream of superlative thriller writers....Mina, who also penned the award-winning Garnethill trilogy, serves up a suspenseful story line and psychologically complex characters..." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Paddy Meehan is one of the most fascinating female characters in contemporary crime fiction....[E]ngrossing....Highly recommended." Library Journal
"The novel's plot is a bit raggedy, lacking the snap and tension of some of Mina's previous works. Then again, watching Paddy careen around Glasgow in too-tight skirts, dress down sinister thugs in pubs...and enjoy a more robust love life than tubby women in literature are usually permitted is entertainment enough. (Grade: B+)." Entertainment Weekly
"Mina excels at this kind of writing, the back-and-forth of competitors and colleagues, the way tension and love bind people uneasily." Boston Globe
"Denise Mina has made Paddy smart, feisty, hot-blooded, and guilt-stricken, a riveting creature of her time and place.... Paddy is immensely likeable....Like the star of any foolproof crime franchise, she has become an old friend "
--Janet Maslin, New York Times
"What makes this book so compelling [is] the way Mina brings Paddy and her world to life, building classic mystery tension without sacrificing personal detail. In all her insecurity, Paddy is achingly real...and Mina's note-perfect writing captures Paddy's voice dead-on."--Boston Globe
A brilliant new thriller featuring Paddy Meehan, one of the most praised heroines since Temperance Brennan. Paddy is no stranger to murder as a reporter she lives at crime scenes but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police.
About the Author
Denise Mina is the author of The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She lives in Glasgow.